Springtime weekend on the North Norfolk Coast
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OutdoorLads is returning to the stunning location of Wells-Next-the-Sea on the Norfolk Coastline for a Springtime weekend. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wells has a beautiful coastline with some fantastic walking to offer over this late Spring weekend!
The hostel in Wells is a small, but modern and comfortable hostel, converted from a old church hall. With well kept rooms and a number of small lounges to relax in, it's a great hostel, positioned in the town so that we can make use of the amenities there, but with walks available from the doorstep.
On the Saturday there will be a long (but relatively flat) day walk to stretch your experience of the coast, taking in endless seas and skies, not to mention plenty of cake and coffee! There may be the option of a bus on the way back for those that prefer a shorter amble. In either case, there are pubs and cafes available at the half way point for refreshment!
This is the Norfolk coast, so do expect some breeze, and some hills despite being considered a flat county!
On the Sunday, after clearing the hostel, those who have time have a choice of a range of activities-from a visit to Holkham nature reserve and Holkham Hall - or even Holkham beach - or a visit to England's largest seal colony on a boat trip out at Blakey Point - which is fantastic, and a Norfolk must-do! As Norfolk is well known for being flat, it's the perfect location for some road biking if anyone would like to bring their bike along. (No ODL-led ride planned, however.)
For the culture aficionados Norwich is only a short drive away - a beautiful fusion city full of historical wonder, fab restaurants and cafes.
Breakfast will be provided on both days, with a cooked dinner on Saturday evening, and of course, the traditional OutdoorLads buffet on Friday evening. On Saturday evening, there's an opportunity to visit a local pub for those who fancy it, or simply relax and chat to others in the hostel.
Dogs: Up to two very well behaved dogs can attend this event, but only by prior arrangement with the event leader (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ) and at a cost of £30 per dog (this is a YHA charge.) Those with dogs will be allocated a specific bedroom, and remain responsible for the dog at all times, which must be kept out of the food preparation and dining areas. (Both dog places now taken.)
Photos: Provided by L Provart, R Mitchell, and used by OutdoorLads with permission.
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What to bring
For the hostel, bedding is provided, but you'll need to bring your own towel, clothes, toiletries and any drinks you want for yourself. You'll need a contribution to the Friday night buffet, and to be adequately prepared for Saturday's activities - see the kit list below:
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Breakfast and Saturday night's evening meal is provided in the cost of the weekend, as is tea and coffee all weekend. If you have any dietary requirements, please make sure it's noted in your profile so we can cater accordingly. You'll need to make sure you bring a item for the buffet on Friday evening, and any additional drink for yourself over the weekend.
Food included for the weekend:
Saturday morning-Cold Breakfast provided
Saturday evening-Cooked Dinner
Sunday morning-Cooked Breakfast
You'll need to provide your own packed lunch for Saturday.